UEFA Champions League 2020: Road To The Finals

The last game of the longest season in football history is finally here and it will perhaps be the most memorable one. The Champions League Final of the 2019-20 season packs a major punch. Hansi Flick’s unstoppable Bayern Munich will take on Thomas Tuchel’s fiery Paris Saint Germain, the French Champions go up against the German Champions, the Parisians V/S the Bavarians, the veterans face off against the rookies. Bayern Munich will be looking for their 6th ever Champions League triumph while PSG will be playing their first ever UCL final. Robert Lewandoski will be looking to cap off the best season of his life with the trophy which has eluded him his entire career while Kylian Mbappe will be looking to get his hands on the much coveted trophy for the first time in his already glittering career.

Battle For The Treble

For the third time in history are the two finalists of the Champions League are both contenders for a treble. The first being Manchester United V/S FC Barcelona in 2009 when Guardiola’s Barcelona completed an infamous, unprecedented and record shattering sextuple. The second again consisted of FC Barcelona with a similar result, this time against Juventus FC in 2015 becoming the first team in the world to win 2 trebles, a record Bayern will desperately want to match on the night of 23rd August. On the other side of the coin is Paris Saint Germain who will be looking to not only become the 8th team to join the club but also the first team ever to win a Quadruple with this season’s Ligue 1, Coup de la Ligue and Coup de France already under their belt this season.

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Bayern Munich have been relentless this season especially in Europe’s most coveted competition. They have torn apart several formidable opponents with ease beating Tottenham Hotspurs 2-7 in their own stadium, Red Star Belgrade 0-6 again away from home in the group stages, a 7-1 wipeout of Chelsea in the round of 16 over the course of 2 legs and a complete demolition of FC Barcelona in the Quarter Finals winning 8-2 being the only team in the competition to win every match this season.

Paris topped their group beating the most successful team in the Champions League, Real Madrid, all the while beating Club Brugge and Galatasaray 5-0. In the Round of 16, the French Champions lost the 1st leg against Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park by 2-1. However, Tuchel’s side pulled back the goals in the second leg in their own backyard winning 2-0 just before the coronavirus pandemic. After the break in their 1st Champions League match in over 5 months they had to do something very similar, scoring 2 goals in the injury time to shatter Atalanta’s dreams of being the ‘Wildcard’ team in the semi-finals.

What to Expect?

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Both of these teams are having one of their best seasons ever and would like to cement their places in history by getting a win against the other, but it will certainly be a Herculean task. PSG are without their number 1 goalkeeper, Keylor Navas while Bayern has had problems with their highline, something the Parisian’s attack is ripe to take advantage of. Robert Lewandoski will be looking for a hat-trick to not only become the first player to do so in a Champions League Final but also overtake Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for most goals in a single Champions League season. Both of the teams have infinite glory to win and a lot of pride, fame and respect to lose. PSG have always been referred to as the champions of the farmer’s league while Bayern even though having been such a big club have not had much success in the competition since their historic treble in 2013.

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